Table 4. Receipt of Community and Institutional Long-term Care (LTC) among the Elderly, 1994

The Characteristics of Long-term Care Users

CharacteristicsElderly Population
(thousands)
Percent Receiving Long-term Care1
TotalCommunityInstitution
Persons Aged 65 and Older33,12716.711.84.9
Age
65-69
70-74
75-79
80-84
85-90
90-94
95+
9,815
8,787
6,553
4,348
2,450
889
285
6.5
9.7
15.0
27.1
43.2
66.7
80.5
5.7
7.9
11.5
19.3
26.1
35.5
37.4
0.8
1.8
3.5
7.8
17.1
31.2
43.1
Gender
Female
Male
19,715
13,412
19.9
12.1
13.7
8.9
6.2
3.2
Race
White
Black
Other
29,837
2,651
639
16.2
24.4
11.2
11.1
20.3
9.7
5.1
4.2
1.5
Marital Status
Married
Widowed
Never married
Other2
17,662
11,338
1,353
2,773
10.7
26.2
24.1
12.7
9.3
16.5
11.1
8.9
1.5
9.7
13.0
3.7

Source: 1994 National Long-term Care Survey. 

1 Receipt of long-term care is defined as receiving human assistance or standby help with at least one of six ADLs and eight IADLs. The ADLs included are eating, transfer, toileting, getting around inside, dressing, and bathing. The IADLs are meal preparation, grocery shopping, light housework, laundry, financial management, taking medication, telephoning, and getting around outside.

2 Includes persons who were divorced, separated, or missing marital status.

Page last reviewed January 2001
Internet Citation: Table 4. Receipt of Community and Institutional Long-term Care (LTC) among the Elderly, 1994: The Characteristics of Long-term Care Users. January 2001. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/systems/long-term-care/resources/facilities/ltcusers/tab4use.html